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ANDREW DOUGLAS DRYSDALE M.B., Ch.B. (Edin.).
Age: 23
Lieutenant 225941 
Royal Army Medical Corps
Ticket No. 312
Destination: Cape Town
Son of Peter Finnie Drysdale and Annie Bonar Drysdale, of Edinburgh. 

Andrew was a passenger who lost his life when SS Ceramic was sunk by a U-boat mid-Atlantic on 6th December 1942.

On November 23, 1942 the Ceramic left the Mersey for Australia, independently routed, with 378 passengers. Her subsequent complete disappearance was at first little publicised at home, due to the general censorship of shipping information, and the Admiralty assumed that she had been sunk without survivors from the 500 or so persons on board.

It was learned a long time later that she had been torpedoed and sunk on December 6 in latitude 40 deg. 30 min. N., longitude 40 deg, 20 min. W, and that one survivor, a sapper of the Royal Engineers, had been picked up by the U-boat and taken to a German prison camp.

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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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